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Christopher Cooley


Christopher Cooley began composing in 2008, and has since seen his Christmas piece, "Il Canto della Rosa" for soprano, chorus, and orchestra, premiered in Busseto, Italy. "Unsubdued," his second original choral piece, will be premiered in May 2011 by the Vanguard Voices in Detroit as a winner of an Honorable Mention in their Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Contest. He is also in his second year as a composer and lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. His song, “Completely Different Place,” written with lyricist Benj Pasek, has been recorded by Tony-nominated Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, and is part of the soon-to-be-released BMI compilation CD "No More Revivals." His arrangements and orchestrations have been performed by the choirs of the Marymount School and the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York, as well as the Summer Musical Theater Conservatory at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Christopher Cooley holds degrees in Piano from Florida State University, the University of Texas-Austin, and a doctorate in Accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music. He has played with various instrumental and vocal soloists in Italy, Germany, Austria, England, Russia, South Africa, Japan, and Korea, as well as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center) in New York City, where he lives. Mr. Cooley collaborates regularly with renowned soprano Lauren Flanigan on music written specifically for her by Stephen Schwartz, Thomas Pasatieri, and others. Cooley and Flanigan have performed together at various New York venues from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the George London Foundation’s Recital Series at the Morgan Library. In Opera News Joanne Lessner wrote, “Pianist Christopher Cooley did a superb job, playing dependably and colorfully, always keenly aware of Flanigan’s dramatic intentions.”

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